Although I have lived 22+ years in Lebanon, on this trip I have become a tourist in my own country. Hoping from one place to another, discovering old and new sites and little gems along the way. Staying along the coast, this time it was the historic seaside city of Tyre we wanted to uncover.
It’s been a decade since I have last visited this ancient Phenician town by the sea. Needless to say, it has changed a lot! Luckily, my mom was here only a few months ago, showing around some visiting relatives. She knew exactly where to take us, and the sites we would enjoy most.
Parked by the pier, we continued our journey on foot. We then walked the narrow ancient graveled streets until we arrived at the most picturesque colorful alley. House after house, all painted in different colors and decorated with beautiful greenery and flowers, stood tall on both sides. We felt transported within seconds to the Amalfi coast or a little town in Spain perhaps.
Doors and windows opened wide, welcoming the spring sunlight and the curious stares of tourists passing by. Children playing on the streets, enjoying their Easter vacation. Old women on their porches welcoming whoever passes by and inviting them in for Maamoul (Lebanese sweets served on Easter) and some Turkish coffee. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a single person in Lebanon, you’re always welcome in any home… It’s Lebanese hospitality.
The whole street perhaps needs around 5 min to cross from one end to the other. I’m sure though you’ll spend at least 5 times as long enjoying the houses and stopping for pictures every other step.
At the end of the street, the Mediterranean sea awaits you. On the right stands the Al Fanar Hotel, with a little bistro right on the beach. It’s the perfect spot for a glass of white wine or an ice cold beer while you enjoy the serenity of the sea.
Don’t be shy, hop down to the beach and dip your feet in the beautiful warm waters of the Mediterranean!